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The Government encourages parish councils to produce their own Neighbourhood Plans, thus enabling local people to have a say in how their neighbourhood grows and develops. In 2018 a Working Group of the Parish Council commenced the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for Laxfield.
We have now reached the Pre-Submission Consultation Stage. The consultation runs from Saturday 22nd February to Monday 6th April (inclusive). The Draft Neighbourhood Plan document can be viewed and/or downloaded below.
We welcome your comments. These can be submitted online or by completing the (downloadable) form below and returning it as instructed on the form. Comments must be received by Monday 6th April 2020.
A consultation launch event was held at the Village Hall on Saturday 22nd February. The display boards from that event can be viewed below:
Following the completion of the consultation, we will review comments received, make any necessary amendments to the Plan and then submit it to Mid Suffolk District Council in order that it can proceed to examination and Village Referendum later this year.
The Neighbourhood Plan preparation process includes a number of stages that have to be completed before the Plan is adopted. These are:
The Neighbourhood Plan Area, covering the whole of the parish of Laxfield, was designated by Mid Suffolk District Council in February 2018.
We have carried out a number of consultation exercises, ranging from discussions with particular groups within the parish, to parish-wide events. A list of all the consultation events can be found by clicking here.
We carried out a Household Survey and a Young Adult Survey in October 2018 and a summary of the results can be viewed by clicking here.
We’ve also prepared a number of background 'Evidence Documents' to support the policies in the Plan. To see these documents click on the following link:
This is the stage we’ve now reached.
More information about Neighbourhood Plans can be found from the following resources:
Beginning of a six-week Consultation Period - come along anytime on 22nd Feb during the hours specified...
Above left: Suffolk County Councillor Guy McGregor with two Laxfield Residents at the launch of the public consultation, 22nd Feb 2020
Above right: Sue Innes, PC Chair & NP Chair with Laxfield Residents, 22nd Feb 2020